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European Parliament overlooks the vital role of health in economic recovery

The Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee voted on 24 February to adopt a report on the 2015 Annual Growth Survey (AGS). Despite receiving the opinion of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee, which strongly urged the consideration of health as an important element of sustainable and inclusive growth, the final text of the ECON report overlooks the economic significance of health. The report, drafted by Rapporteur MEP Dariusz Rosati (EPP, Poland), (...)

EPHA urges EU Parliament to bring health concerns to the European Semester

23 February 2015 - EPHA has urged members of the Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee to consider health in their report on the 2015 Annual Growth Survey, which is part of the EU’s macroeconomic oversight programme known as the European Semester. The original text of the ECON Committee report does not make any reference to health. The opinion adopted by the ENVI (Environment, Public Health and Food Safety) Committee on 29 January makes a number of (...)

[EPHA Professional Development Programme - Autumn 2014] EU health advocacy training

In Brussels on 8th/9th/10th December 2014, EPHA will launch the first part of its 7th Professional Development Programme (PDP). The Autumn 2014 programme aims to train those new to the ‘EU bubble’ to get an introduction to key issues around public health advocacy in the EU. EPHA PDP provides a chance for young professionals working primarily in health-related organisations or civil society organisations to gain a better understanding of: How to campaign successfully through (...)
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**UPDATE** Economic governance issues top agendas in a week of committee meetings

October 2014 - Recent weeks have seen meetings of many of the European Parliament’s committees and several configurations of the Council of Ministers of the EU. In most of these meetings, economic governance issues - in particular the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the European Semester - have been high on the agenda, with a number of implications for health. On Monday 13 October the Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) voted to adopt (...)

[Evaluation] Hungarian Candidate Commissioner Candidate Navracsics Rejected for his Portfolio

After the Hearing of the Hungarian Commissioner Candidate Tibor Navracsics, the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education rejected him, for the nominated portfolio - Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship - while confirming him, as a Commissioner. This move is a result of controversial policies in Hungary with regard to civil society, media freedom and respect of Fundamental Rights and the rule of law. The inevitable reshuffle of the Commission provides for a next round of (...)

Statement of Clarification in Responses to Questions Regarding the Pharmaceutical Industry

11 September 2014 - We would like to confirm in response to a number of questions received today that the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) is withdrawing its support for the proposed Health for Citizen’s Intergroup in the European Parliament. EPHA had been discussing support for an Intergroup as part of a coalition of non-governmental organisations and organisations representing economic operators, a new and exciting venture with the expectation of supporting the European (...)

Mr Juncker, Commission president-nominated, and his EPP priorities on health and social issues

7 July 2014 - After days of tough negotiations, the European Council of EU Heads of State and Government decided to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission. As the initial block of countries who opposed Juncker was finally reduced to Hungary and most strongly, the UK, the fear that the next Commission President would not be the candidate for the most voted for political group in the last EU elections faded away. Even Matteo Renzi, Italy’s Prime Minister, (...)

European Commission Communication on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - the health perspective

On 2 June 2014, the European Commission adopted a Communication to contribute to the EU position on international negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as the follow-up to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Following the UN definition, the SDGs are intended to reinforce the international community’s commitment to eradicating poverty and supporting sustainable development - challenges that affect the lives of current and future generations. When the leaders of (...)

Eye health and vision care should be public health priorities in Europe

The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) delegation travelled to Luxembourg on 1 April 2014 to meet with representatives of the European Union (EU)’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) and EUROSTAT, the statistical office of the EU. The delegation was an excellent opportunity to exchange views on the importance of eye health and vision as a public health priority and the visit aimed to reiterate ECV’s call to European decision-makers to include eye health and (...)

[European elections] S&D Group stand on Health workforce

The S&D Group from the European Parliament launched this week a 10 point Plan called “Europe Back to work”. It consists on a series of measures that they want to implement in order to take Europe out of the crises and is being presented in the context of this May’s European Elections. As EPHA we have taken a closer look to what it says on health and social related issues that might be of interest for the Public Health Community. Health workforce and labour shortages (...)